Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 18 - Vocal Tuning

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Now that the final vocal is recorded and the composite has been made of the best takes, it's time to add the final performance tweaks with Mike Fahey.

Watch as Mike:

  • Imports his edits from Studio B into the main Pro Tools session in Vance's room
  • Tunes Issac's vocals in Melodyne
  • Deals with sibilance while tuning
  • Explains in detail how he approaches vocal tuning inside of Melodyne

This is your chance to join Nashville legend Vance Powell and The Weird Sisters at the world-famous Blackbird Studio and watch them craft "Live And I Learn" from Start To Finish.

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Vance Powell

Vance studied electrical engineering in Missouri and started his career in live sound as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002, he moved to Nashville in order to become studio manager and chief engineer at the legendary Black Bird studios in Nashville. In 2006, he co-founded Sputnik studios along with Grammy-winning engineer Mitch Dane, still in Nashville.

Vance Powell has won 6 Grammy awards working with rock artists such as The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and more.

Powell's domain of expertise is definitely mixing and producing rock music. As shown in his pureMix videos, Vance likes to experiment and create new fuller and exciting sounds using all kinds of pedals, echos, analog outboards and plug-ins. Vance was used to recording to tape and definitely has an analog approach that makes him commit to fewer good sounding tracks rather than piling up takes in Pro Tools.

His goal is to make something new and warm that fits the band's vision with upfront snare drums and powerful guitars. Rocking.


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The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

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2022 May 05
Gone are the days when singers/ vocal talkers like this had to get it right at the mic, not use software to sing on pitch. It’s a very fine line when over using melodyne to make things too perfect and robotic vs the human feel. Plus when fans come and see a live show and the singer doesn’t sound like the record, that’s a tough one too. I’m torn as I get the ease of fixing it in the mix, but it’s also not doing the band any favors to learn how to sing better, nor their fans any favors for live show expectations.